Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1974-10-20
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Cold Rain And Snow
Beat It On Down The Line
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Around And Around
Playing In The Band ->
Not Fade Away ->
The Other One Jam ->
The Other One ->
Wharf Rat ->
Playing In The Band
It Must Have Been The Roses
The Promised Land
Eyes Of The World ->
Stella Blue ->
Johnny B. Goode Encore Two Half Step ->
Bid You Goodnight
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|Cold Rain And Snow|
|Beat It On Down The Line|
|China Cat Sunflower >|
|I Know You Rider|
|Around And Around|
|Playing In The Band ->|
|Not Fade Away >|
|The Other One >|
|Wharf Rat >|
|Playing In The Band ->|
|It Must Have Been the Roses|
|The Promised Land|
|Eyes Of The World ->|
|Johnny B. Goode|
|Mississippi Half-Step >|
|And We Bid You Good Night|
- Giant Thanks to Matt Smith for the transfer work and Pat Lee for the tapes
- Mississippi Half step cuts in
- Seems like a real time multi track mix with audience turned up inbetween songs
- All the reels from the winterland '74 run are on black Maxell UDII tape @ 3 3/4ips
- Apogee Mini ME 24/96>Apogee Mini DAC(monitoring)>Wavelab 5.0(dithered to 16/44)>CD>EAC>Minor Repairs>Trac'ed Cdwave Flac'ed level 8 TLH
- San Francisco, CA
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Matt Smith and Jamie Waddell
- Winterland Arena
Subject: The Definitive Stella
Surprisingly, Lemieux picked the performance from three days earlier for the GD Movie Soundtrack. I don't know why -- maybe he thought the SYF performance didn't need another release. Or maybe it was because he was only 5 when SYF came out. Regardless, this is the definitive performance of Stella, and it's nice to hear it drained of the extra reverb that was added in the SYF mixdown (something which works well with an open-spaced song like Stella, but, as revealed here, isn't entirely necessary).
Subject: clapping sound
The effect may have some appeal but it isn't natural sounding at all and gets old quick for most listeners.
Subject: 40 years and counting...
The jewel here is the mysterious and wacky Set II, an hour-long Playin' sandwich that sounds better and better (and makes more sense) with every puff that you are able to stuff into your lungs. This NFA slides down into some dank and funky tunnels before Bobby screams his guts out and the drummers take their turn. The Other One is completely different from any other version you'll here, alternating segments of abstract, nitrous-filled space with some beautiful low-key interplay between the guitars and Phil's towering bass lines. Somehow they pull it all together for a Wharf Rat that will be played perfectly, with Phil and Jerry engaging in some fantastically lovely musical dialog during the intro. The Wharf Rat descends without a bump into the minor keys of the Playin' jam and the music pours back with demonic intensity for a few short minutes until we return to the country-twanged Reprise, played majestically, as if for the last time.
Subject: "Retirement Show"
Cold Rain & Snow opens the show. The balance is great, no issues.
Mama Tried is a good push to get energy going, but it doesn’t get all the way there.
Deal is rather slow.
BIODTL, “last ever”…
During the crashdown for Loser is where I can pin point the set getting some more energy.
Jack Straw is quite psychedelic, the jam at the end is awesome. There is some kind of reverb/delay they didn’t typically use.
TN Jed has the same effect and gets into the X factor zone during the climax, A+ Jed.
El Paso gallops through successfully. I can’t figure out what the effect is still, but it seems to be a delay on the drums, which is funny considering the other drummer will later be joining the band again.
Brokedown is rather strangely placed in the setlist. Effect, slows things down a bit more than I would like.
China>Rider, a great, extended transition here. Jerry rejects the first attempt to go into the feeling good jam and keeps noodling. He does take the second attempt, changing his scale appropriately.
Bobby goes to old reliable in Around & Around to close the set in proper rock ‘n’ roll fashion.
PITB opens the 2nd set, Donna blessing it with a heartfelt shriek. The energy is nice, Mickey back out with the boys to help out! There’s a fine moment of mutual guitar jamming around 6:30, and this kind of interplay is in and out of the entire jam from that moment on. It falls into drums around 14 minutes in. Staying drum-centric, they launch into a NFA, which kind of plods along. We get the first hints of TOO at 11:30 of the NFA, and they do make an effort to have a nice NFA outro. At 14 minutes in Bobby signals TOO, Jerry joins, as does Phil, but it disintegrates into another drummer segment. Phil bombs bring us out, and they go into another rather lackluster jam segment until the 6 minute mark, where it gets the legs that carry it through to the verse. Thankfully Bob doesn’t wait long to start strumming the opening chords to what developed into a fine Wharf Rat. PITB reprises right out of the outro jam of the Rat, which stays at a nice pace to end the set without having paused.
Good Lovin’ to open the third. Unfortunately, the sound quality is so poor here it diminishes what otherwise sounds like it may have been pretty good, though one can’t be sure. Things improve moderately after that, though there is still some issue I can’t accurately name. Through the problem you hear what sounds like it was probably the most energetic of the sets, as told by Promised Land. It’s frustrating, and kills any chance this show had of making top spots. The Eyes>Stella combo is a particularly upsetting “casualty”.
The first set is hit or miss, with more energy building after a slow start. Brokedown really brokedown the momentum. The second set is similar, with less awesome moments, and just as many slumps, unfortunately. Third set is basically unlistenable due to SQ issues.
Pretty awesome in the first set, as this was likely recorded by a lot of people! Set 2 was great too, as the outtakes of the GD Movie. However, there is a nose dive when you hit Good Lovin’. Warbly Bob. It becomes unlistenable. Through the course of the set it gets a bit better, but not a lot. Amazing that this was so bungled. 1st Set = A, 2nd A+, 3rd = D.
Highlights of this LSD-soaked evening of goodbyes and farewells:
*Bobby's affectionately ridiculous attempt to force his acid into the opening lyrics of Mama Tried.
*CC > Rider - last one for a while (until 12/29/77, I believe....) Always a treat.
*Seastones is remarkable, esp. when Jer joins in. I think this bit sounds the best of anything else on this board!
*The 2nd set suite is a beauty, but Good Lovin', in the 3rd, takes it for me. Remember, they brought this one as a one-off, the basic "idea" it being a jam launchpad ala Pigpen. When they returned, Bobby eventually calypso-ed the thing.
The rest of the 3rd set is tough to take, but to all you Donna-haters out there (I'm not one), hey, you're in luck! You can barely hear her!
Subject: cryptical reprise riff
Subject: wonderful tenn jed
Subject: Cryptical tease
Subject: "THE BEST"
The crowd goes absolutely nuts during the final solo.
The rest of my days for a time machine to the seventies
Subject: Stella Blue
Subject: a MUST Have
That oh um ouch guy/girl nailed the Seastones description. I had never heard of Ned Lagin before. Wow, did that guy have a head on his shoulders or what. Possibly the finest Wharf Rat I have ever heard.5 Stars easily.
Thanks to the powers that be.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live" October 20, 1974 at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
5 Stars for the mix
5 Stars for the recording
5 Stars for the performance
5 Stars for the Matt Smith, Jamie Waddell transfer.
And thanks to Pat Lee for the tapes.
Looks like this one's been commercially released as "GRATEFUL DEAD Movie Soundtrack". So....
Get it while you can get it while it's free, get it now or you'll be sorry...
Yeah, you know it's a MUST HAVE for collectors...
Yeah, it's really good...
30 minutes of Seastones is an exceptional treat. Ned Lagin (pronounced lay-gin) was 20 years ahead of his time. I understand he could compose music for a symphony orchestra in his head, then write it down. Ned is also a big fan of Jazz pianist Bill Evans.
Hope you got it, I did.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the Love...